Doughboy Zydecajun at Gloucester  


Traditional music from England, Latvia and Louisiana

The world's only Anglo-Latvian Zydecajun Ceilidh Band



All about Ock'n'Dough

The boys & girls have been together for 34 years during which time they have become well known in the East Midlands as Ock'n'Dough playing a mixture English, Latvian and American roots music including songs from Northamptonshire.

The band plays for concerts, dances, sessions and festivals. When playing for dances we provide our own caller in Jo. Our dances cover a wide range from the UK, USA and Latvia. For cajun dances we provide dance workshops with Bob & Dace We provide our own high quality Bose PA system where required and at festivals are happy to work with house PA or our own PA to suit.

The band was formed in 1985 by Janis, Robin and Bob. Regular club appearances in the Midlands were followed by festivals in Barnard Castle, Chippenham, Coleshill, Eastbourne, Fylde, Crawley,Broadstairs and Whittlesea Straw Bear and many other venues as well as local radio broadcasts and broadcasts on Radio 2.
In the 90s the band became part of the growing cajun and zydeco dance scene and joined by percussionist Dace Fisher became known as Doughboy Zydeco and latterly Doughboy Zydecajun. As the band moved into its third decade the band has been extended with Jo Zakis on clarinet and tenor sax to give the band a broader sound, at the end of 2008 Jo took over calling duties for ceilidhs and barn dance.

Most people just refer to the band as 'The Doughboys' in whatever guise they are playing.
Since their debut appearance at The Ellesmere Port Festival in the early 90s the Doughboys have played at virtually every major cajun festival and cajun dance club in the country including clubs in Bolton, Burnley, Brighton, Chester, Derby, Hinckley, London, Manchester, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Jersey to name just a few and regular appearances at the File Gumbo nights and festivals in London.
With half of the band being of Latvian origin it comes as no surprise that the band have toured the Baltic Republic of Latvia where they astonished audiences with performances of Cajun, English and Latvian roots music.